Dubai, UAE --- (METERING.COM) --- December 7, 2010 - Smart Energy International has today announced the winners of the Smart Energy International Excellence Awards for the Middle East. The awards mark each organization's contribution to the utilities and projects that have caught the attention of the wider international smart grid community for their innovation and quality.

The Smart Energy International Excellence Awards ceremony took place at the Shangri-la Hotel in Dubai. Four leading utilities were honored with 'Tomorrow's Leader' award for having demonstrated a commitment to the smart grid future and making promising initial strides towards the smart grid goal. Saad H. Al Mansour, Executive Vice President, Distribution and Customer Service and Yousif Al Barrack, Automation and IT Distribution Systems Manager received the award for Saudi Electricity Company; Abdulla Al Aghbari, VIP Distribution Planning received the award for Dubai Electricity and Water Authority; Saeed Nassouri, Senior Technical Advisor, received the award for Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority; and Ahmed Nasser Al Nasser, Manager, Electricity Projects received the award for Kahrama, Qatar.

"Metering utilities across the Middle East are making substantial investments to ensure that the smart grid infrastructure is state of the art and continue to push the industry benchmarks,” said Loubna Aghfazi, Portfolio Director, Spintelligent, a Clarion Events partner. “The Smart Energy International Excellence Awards recognize the commitment, innovation and leadership each of the utilities have demonstrated, and it is an honor to have various industry leaders join us on this special day."